90 elected officials from the Region met in Toulouse this Friday to discuss equality in politics and find advice and tools to implement.
Did you know that in France, only 20% of women are mayors, and that this percentage drops to 18.4% in Occitanie? Julia Mouzon, founder of the network Local elected officials saw early on the importance of supporting elected women and empowering women in politics. With these goals in mind, she created the Élues Locales network in 2012, an approved training organization dedicated to elected women. This Friday, a day of elected women from Occitania was organized in Toulouse. Throughout the day, the 90 participants, including 28 elected from the department, were able to benefit from advice and participate in workshops to help carry out their missions.
“Public space is built by and for men”
Because in terms of equality, the fight is far from won, as highlighted by Christelle Mathieu, mayor of Lamasquère in Haute-Garonne. “There is an improvement because little by little women are asserting themselves but these days are still necessary. Public space is built by and for men, we have to change this by working with them. “” It is the system that must be changed, approves Corinne Bastide, municipal councilor of Marseillan, in the Hérault. It is paradoxical: the word is freed but there is the temptation to go back. Women’s rights are still outstanding. Besides the importance of education and legislative progress, elected officials need to show the youngest that they can do the same jobs as men. “Women are everywhere and are as capable as men, we must give them space and light”, summarizes Christelle Mathieu.